Lie Theory Workshop October 2013

University of California, Berkeley, October 12-13, 2013

The Fall 2013 workshop in the program Lie Groups, Lie Algebras and Their Representations will take place on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, October 12-13, 2013. Joseph Wolf is the local organizer. The general workshop program web page is

The workshops "Lie Groups, Lie Algebras and their Representations" meet at various western United States campuses for one weekend every few months during the academic year. They are supported by local departments and the National Science Foundation.

The purpose of the program is to communicate results and ideas rather than to deliver polished presentations. The program also serves to acquaint graduate students in this area with a range of researchers in Lie theory and representation theory.

The lectures will be held in 1015 Evans Hall. Participants will be able to enter the building at the ground level on the west (downhill) side. The speakers: Allen Knutson, Lilit Martirosyan, Elena Poleteava, Nikolai Reshetikhin, Steven Sam, Vera Serganova,  David Taylor and Matthew Tucker-Simmons.


    Saturday Oct. 12:
      10:00 - 10:30 coffee break
      10:30 - 11:20 Allen Knutson:          Bruhat atlases and the wonderful compactification of a group
      11:30 - 12:20 David Taylor:             Explicit moduli of hyperelliptic curves and and invariants of binary forms in positive characteristic
      12:20 - 14:10 lunch break
      14:10 - 15:00 Ruben Mkrtchyan     Universality in simple Lie algebras
      15:00 - 15:30 coffee break
      15:30 - 16:20 Elena Poleteava:     Principal finite W-algebras for the queer Lie superalgebras
      16:30 - 17:20 Steven Sam:            Infinite rank classical groups and specialization to finite rank
      18:30 -       conference dinner

    Sunday October 13
      10:00 - 10:30 coffee break
      10:30 - 11:20 Vera Serganova:                 Infinite-dimensional Lie algebras associated with a dual pair of vector spaces and their representations
      11:30 - 12:20 Matthew Tucker-Simmons:  The Dolbeault-Dirac operator for quantized symmetric spaces
      12:20 - 14:10 lunch break
      14:10 - 15:00 Lilit Martirosyan:                  On representation theory of the exceptional Lie superalgebras


Conference dinner details:

There will be a no-host conference dinner at Mandarin Garden, a restaurant adjacent to the campus, at 6:30 PM Saturday. Right after the first afternoon talk I'll try to count the number of people who plan to participate so that I can reserve enough space.

Support and Registration:

Normally these workshops are supported by local departments and the National Science Foundation.  This year the NSF was about to recommend continuation of support, but the government shutdown put that on the shelf.  We have no idea of how long it will take to resolve this fiscal situation.  Non-local graduate students who are willing to gamble on the possibility that their travel expenses will be reimbursed, should just keep all receipts, fill out the reimbursement forms, and hope for the best.

If you fly:

The best way to get from Oakland Airport to Berkeley is Bayporter Express: From the web site you can make online reservations (minimum 48 hours in advance), or you can phone them at 1 (415 or 877) 467-1800. The best way to get from the San Francisco Airport to Berkeley is BART (local rapid transit): In both cases taxis from the airport are very expensive.


Street parking is available weekends on the north side of the Berkeley campus. One algorithm: go 1 to 4 blocks north from the campus on Euclid, and turn left. But check out the signs just in case there are some new restrictions.

Hotel information:

Be sure to identify yourself as connected to the University of California.